Drawing Foundation, Fall 2015

Course description & syllabus – Drawing Foundation

DrawingDrawingObjectives: We draw to visually describe that which we see with our eyes or from our imagination. In either case, drawing is similar to verbal communication in that both require literacy. Visual literacy differs in that it is universal and need not be translated. Both are similar in that grammar plays a key role. Visual grammar is at the core of this program.

The course is a very “hands-on” and rational approach, not one designed for those who simply want to “express themselves”. As in all the arts, self-expression can best be realized with training and practice.

Teaching strategy: To develop skills in visual observation and visual description. Students will be introduced to several approaches to provide several options from which to develop and satisfy their individual needs.

Course duration: 9 weeks.

Session 1: Introduction. Examine preconceptions and introduce observation and line drawing skills.
Sessions 2 & 3. Drawing basic geometric forms from life. This includes some drawing with the right side of the brain.
Session 4: Drawing basic geometric forms in one-point perspective.
Session 5: Drawing basic geometric forms in two-point perspective.
Sessions 6 & 7: Drawing the flower pot from direct observation.
Sessions 8 & 9: Drawing complex shapes.

Homework: Self-directed, but plan for a minimum of 4 hours per week.

Supplies: 18″x24″ Newsprint drawing pad. 2B and 3B drawing pencils. 18″x24″ drawing board or larger. Red pen or pencil. Pack of index cards. Black pen.

Schedule & cost: Class will meet for 3 hours weekly for 9 weeks on Thursday mornings, 9 am – noon, on Sept. 17 and 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and Nov. 5 and 12. Tuition fee is $395.

Preliminary homework

Bring your answers to the assignments below to the first class meeting.

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View the weekly summaries

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